Eli S. Cleveland, Pg434 – scanned document
ELIS Cleveland, one of the representative men of Brookline, Hillsboro County, N.H., was born in this town, December 22, 1827. His parents were John and Susannah (Torrance) Cleveland, well-known residents of Brookline in their day; and his father was a native of Franklin, Mass.
John Cleveland settled upon a farm in this town when a young man, and engaged in cultivating the soil and in other rural occupations, managing his property with such energy and good judgment as to realize excellent financial results. He and his wife reared a family of five children, the only one of whom now living is Eli S., the subject of this sketch. John Cleveland died at the age of seventy-two; and his wife, surviving him, lived to be eighty-two years old. They were members of the Baptist church, and were much re- spected in the community where they dwelt.
Their son, Eli S., in his boyhood years attended the common school, and at an early age began to assist in carrying on the farm. He inherited the homestead, and tilled the soil as a general farmer until 1890, when he sold his farm and retired from active labor. He is now residing in the village and enjoying a well-earned rest.
On July 3, 1875, Mr. Cleveland was joined in marriage with Mrs. Ada Elkins, born Kline, who was a native of Jay, N.Y. Cora F. Elkins, a daughter by her first husband, was Mrs. Cleveland’s only child.
Mr. Cleveland is well preserved and has the activity of a much younger man. Although he takes no part in public affairs, he is deeply interested in the welfare of the town, and fully merits the esteem in which he is held by his fellow-townsmen.